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a goat bell for a horse

When I was out shopping last week, I found a little goat bell.  It was inexpensive, I think $4.00, so I picked it up.  I initially envisioned using it as a Christmas decoration, with some evergreens, etc., making it into a small wreath. The leather was really dry, but a little Hemp Oil hydrated it and made it pliable again. As soon as I finished photographing the bell, a thought hit me...  I  (read more …)

latest projects

Well, I'll be heading out to Montana on Friday to attend and teach a MMS Milk Paint demo the Vintage Whites Market!  I went to one of their events in Colorado earlier this year and it was such a great time, so I was thrilled to be invited again.  And, I must admit, I am equally excited about just going to Montana. I've wanted to go since I was 15 years old and watched the movie A River Runs  (read more …)

Faux Fur in Winter Decor

Faux fur has been in decor for a while, but I have to admit that I was never really drawn to it.  The main reason, and this is probably a little silly, is that it always looked and felt Muppet-ish to me.  You know what I mean?  It felt matted and like polyester, not sumptuous and silky. Well, I'm finally coming around.  Either faux fur has come a long way or I've finally been exposed to the good  (read more …)

White & Wood Winter Table | $100 HomeGoods Giveaway

The Farmhouse Holiday Decor Series is back and today I'm sharing a winter tablescape.  I'm not quite ready to break out the Christmas decorations, especially since I use a lot of fresh greenery, but I like the idea of a festive winter table to fill in that decorating gap. This week's "theme", a holiday/Christmas tablescape, was sponsored by HomeGoods, so I drove out to the nearest one with my  (read more …)

farmhouse-style dog bed cover

Earlier this week, I took some time to design and make a dog bed cover for a freelance project.  I've been doing a lot of desk work lately and not a lot of making, so it was nice to get on the floor, cut & stitch, and see flat fabric take some shape. I used an old tablecloth and some mattress ticking, both from my stash, to make the cover that fit over a standard size inexpensive dog bed.  I  (read more …)

the great debate | to paint or not to paint

Right off the bat, let me say that I don't ever mind my readers sharing their opinions here.  Unless someone is being downright nasty on a personal level, which is rare, it doesn't bother me if someone disagrees with a decorating decision I make or they don't like something I made, bought, etc.  If ever I do feel ruffled, I figure that I probably wouldn't like every single decorating decision they  (read more …)

Which comes first | how to avoid decorating regret

One of the projects I've been working on lately has me thinking a lot about the design process, specifically as it relates to putting a room together.  I've been pondering the order in which choices and purchases should be made and I've realized that most people, including myself at times, go about putting a room together entirely backwards. Think about it with me...  You've been browsing the  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | fall porch

It's time for our last fall post in the Farmhouse Holiday Series, but we'll be back again as the Christmas season gets underway! Today, though, it's all about the fall porch.  I have to say that I really worked at gardening and our outdoor spaces last year.  I found it rewarding and we enjoyed sitting on our deck for the first time in the almost 10 years we've lived here. This year?  Totally  (read more …)